Matthew_Paulson
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1/20/20
4:24 PM
3

After her chemistry with Ada Lovelace and then Tesla, I’m wondering if this Doctor even needs companions? Just let her make a new buddy each week, I say.

1/20/20
4:05 PM
3

The Doctor as a builder/repair person is potentially a great attribute to add to the cat lady bit, and as noted in the review it was there in the first episode. But like a lot of things it’s been mostly dropped except as an occasional grace note from her character. Read more

1/20/20
9:20 AM
8

Though pretty much all versions of the Doctor have had a knack for inventing, it’s a quality that’s been central to the 13th Doctor right from the very beginning. Read more

1/19/20
10:53 PM
3

The episode worked for me but I thought it was a little late and too obvious to do a Tesla episode, post Elon Musk and post Tesla becoming a big meme for epic bacon sriracha fucking Bill Murray hot sauce people on the internet, including an internet campaign to make a museum for him when one already exists. (I think Read more

1/19/20
10:49 PM
8

WAY better than Orphan 55. The scorpion queen felt like the wrong kind of silly (there’s a reason many Sentai villains use masks), and I wish more had been done with the acorpion drones, but they served their purpose I guess. Read more

1/13/20
9:59 AM
5

There were a few moments where it felt like Doctor Who. But it was the worst of the ‘statement’ episodes I’ve seen. Sometimes they have a message to deliver and it is done well. Sometimes it’s a tad heavy handed but the ‘camp’ in Doctor Who covers for that. This time they presented a point of view I agree with in such Read more

1/13/20
9:38 AM
3

That would explain the references to "Midnight" :) 

1/13/20
9:34 AM
2

This reminded me of a Seventh Doctor era story like Delta and the Bannermen or The Happiness Patrol. That is not a complaint!

1/13/20
8:31 AM
6

For me, this episode stands out as a good example of why the hour-long format can’t sustain three companions. Ryan got a story that was integral to the plot, but Graham and Yaz got to run around and do nothing. You can swap their names around for other episodes — one (maybe two) are important, but the other one is Read more

1/13/20
8:07 AM
6

“The future doesn’t have to be this way, if billions of people made the right decisions...”

We just sat through 45 mins of a dozen people making the stupidest, suicidal, self absorbed decisions. This is not an optimistic episode.

1/13/20
3:44 AM
7

Also: animal-human hybrids in a post-apocalyptic earth? Clearly this was a Cats prequel.

1/13/20
3:34 AM
2

For me, this was the episode that killed off any hope of Yaz becoming a proper character. Read more

1/13/20
1:09 AM
7

Seemed like a worse version of Midnight, the other episode where the Doctor winds up trapped with strangers on an uninhabitable vacation planet. It’s a much more focused episode with a similar message.

1/13/20
1:04 AM
7

This struck me as a pretty much standard Doctor Who “monster of the week” episode, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Monsters of the week has been the show’s bread and butter going back the the ‘60s. Read more

1/12/20
11:35 PM
5

Definitely on the ‘forgettable’ list. Which, to be fair, there are usually a number in any season so I don’t hold it against them too much. It wasn’t horrid just... meh. I kept waiting for a twist or clever idea that never came. 

1/12/20
10:56 PM
10

This was a clunkily written story on a basic level. I don’t think elongating it would have helped much. 

1/12/20
10:51 PM
10

Things about this episode that most landed emotionally for me: 1) Graham’s fantastic, well-earned plans for vacation cocktails were cruelly & unjustly dashed, and 2) Ryan’s awful chat-lines were actually working and he met a nice(ish) girl until that ended way too tragically. Also Yaz needs to either back off being Read more

1/12/20
10:20 PM
9

Totally agree. The headline says it all. I would go so far as to call this the most ridiculous and half-baked episode of Chibnall’s run. I was laughing out loud at parts because they were so silly. And the message, while I’m sure well intentioned, was literally “Fix global warming or you will turn into/get eaten by Read more

1/12/20
9:29 PM
10

Turn into a scary-ass, CO2-breathing monster with a mouth full of fangs? Be right back—I’m gonna start me some garbage fires.